CHESHIRE -- Hoosac Valley cross country coach Ron Namislo said when he designed the course at Hoosac, he wanted it to be challenging.
The Hurricanes' familiarity with the course helped them place three boys in the top five of Wednesday's race, while the girls placed two in the top five.
"When kids get off the bus, they hate this place because it's hard," Namislo said. "We run it every day, so we get used to it and there are some advantages for us. But it's the same when we go somewhere else. The better runners have advantages on their home course."
For the boys, Travis and Trevor Ciempa of Hoosac finished first and second. Travis ran the course in 17 minutes, 9 seconds, while Trevor finished in 17:23.
For the girls, Pittsfield had a very strong showing. The Generals' Lauren Farry won in a time of 20:36.
Travis Ciempa said he enjoys racing at his home course.
"Just knowing the terrain, the hills, the turns you have to take and the straight lines you have to maneuver to get to the next point [helps]," Ciempa said.
Matt Rabasco (Taconic), Jared Haley (Hoosac) and Ryan McMahon (Wahconah) rounded out the top five.
Eric Klem and Jackson Alberti of Wahconah just missed top-five finishes with times of 17:42 and 17:53, respectively. Dylan Quinn was the highest finisher for BART (19th).
Overall, the Hoosac boys won both of their matchups. The team beat Taconic 25-30 and Pittsfield 25-32.
The Pittsfield boys beat BART (17-46), Taconic beat BART (16-45) and Wahconah beat Taconic (20-37).
Farry said she enjoyed racing through the hills of Hoosac's course.
"It was fun, but it was tough," she said.
Sydnee Gallup and Hannah Folino (Hoosac) followed with times of 21:46 and 21:58, respectively. Mackenzi and Makayla Powers (Pittsfield) rounded out the top five.
Liza Smith (Pittsfield) was sixth in 22:54. Kelsey Magri was the highest finisher for Taconic, finishing seventh with a time of 22:59. Heather Perkins was the highest finisher for BART (14th).
The Hoosac girls won two of three matchups. They won against Taconic (18-35) and Wahconah (21-35), but lost to Pittsfield (35-24). Pittsfield picked up a victory against BART (15-49), and BART also fell to Taconic (19-44).